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Are inflation targets good inflation forecasts?

  • Marie Diron
  • Benoît Mojon

The authors show that quantified inflation objectives, which have been adopted by many industrialized countries, can be used as rule-of-thumb forecasting devices. Remarkably, they yield smaller forecast errors than widely used forecasting models and the forecasts of professional experts.

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Volume (Year): (2008)
Issue (Month): Q II ()
Pages: 33-45

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhep:y:2008:i:qii:p:33-45:n:v.32no.2
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